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a. At a distance in place, position, or time: railings spaced two feet apart; born three years apart.
b. Away from another or others: grew apart over the years; decided to live apart.
2. In or into parts or pieces: split apart.
3. One from another: I can't tell the twins apart.
4. Aside or in reserve, as for a separate use or purpose: funds set apart for the project.
5. As a distinct item or entity: Quality sets it apart.
Set apart; isolated. Used after a noun or in the predicate: a people who have existed over the centuries as a world apart.
Being excepted or excluded from consideration: All joking apart, I think you're wrong.

[Middle English, from Old French a part : a, to (from Latin ad; see ad-) + part, side (from Latin pars, part-; see part).]

a·part′ness n.


the quality of being apart
References in classic literature ?
The feeling of apartness from others comes to most with puberty, but it is not always developed to such a degree as to make the difference between the individual and his fellows noticeable to the individual.
In The Island Within's first climactic moment, Arthur suddenly realizes his apartness from his gentile acquaintances after a supposed friend coolly douses Arthur's rare show of animation with the observation: "Aren't you chipper today.
There is no consensus in scholarship about the definition of myth, although we can agree that "all human communities have myths of origin, stories which serve both to invent a past which is necessary to make sense of the present and to establish a narrative of humankind's uniqueness and apartness from the rest of nature" (Bate 26).
That "sort of" is a colloquial and familiar way of claiming ones apartness, and a small gesture toward the larger question posed by the second edition as a whole: what does it mean to come after?
Except for Black Mirror (Judie, 1), 2012, the portraits are paired with "non-representational works on paper," made with elements of lithography and additional gestures of gouache and ink, as if, through some calculus, the already difficult-to-see visages and parts of bodies of the former lovers had been gridded or mapped as zones of apartness.
Updike stoops at one point to admit a Spaniard to his club, but he is not going to be allowed to swim in the pool: "Miro by contrast has a perverse arcanum, bred perhaps by his Catalonian apartness from the run of European culture.
Seeing the title Coming Apart, one might think he is again alluding to black-white difference, which is after all the great apartness in American history.
for all] y [member of] A)(x [not equal to] y [disjunction] y [not equal to] z), it is called apartness (A.
6 South African prime minister Doctor Malan instituted which system meaning apartness or separate development?
Instead, his pathology--which is to say his mental apartness, imbalance, or singularity--is portrayed as elevating, unique, exalted, even as it destroys.
35) His subsequent repudiation of the poem guarantees his apartness from both realist and romantic reliance on claims to authenticity through peasant-poetics--those that are played out in The Great Hunger.
As rain drips, we see Macbeth intently observing the commotion surrounding Duncan's arrival from a hidden position above, his apartness from society suggesting the dark inner world of his criminal speculation.